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TorgoX (1933)


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Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Friday April 26, 2002
03:40 PM

Longer working hours and stress

[ #4485 ]
Dear Log,

« Far from New Labour rowing back on the Tories' love affair with the American workplace, as Richard Scase, professor of management points out, it has extended American managerialism to the public sector. Now, public and private sector are wrestling with decentralised management structures, targets, assessments, job insecurity and monitoring. Much of this has been sold to the workforce as "empowerment", whereas it is often the opposite. If a middle manager is given a target and told to ensure it is met, she or he is left with all the risk of whether it is achieved or not, while the implied autonomy is close to fictional. Frequently, the higher risk brings with it longer working hours and stress. Meanwhile the senior management escapes the accountability built into traditional hierarchies, as Scase argues in his new book, Living in the Corporate Zoo

-- "Pressure of work: Two models of capitalism, Anglo-Saxon and European, are on offer - and we've made the wrong choice"

By "Anglo-Saxon", I think the writer just means "American".

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  • When I first got my job at my current company, two years ago, I was asked how I saw myself in management in a few years. !! I don't. I am not a manager, and don't want to manage. I want to do work and have someone else tell me what to do. Autonomy my rear.